Job Opening

Sacred Heart Parish in Sterling has an opening for the Director/Coordinator of Music & Liturgy. A detailed job description and application are available from the links below: Director/Coordinator of Music & Liturgy job description Job Application This position is part time and salary is commensurate with experience. Start date is immediate. Contact the parish office […]

Funeral Symbolism

Symbols Used at the Funeral Liturgy A Catholic funeral liturgy celebrates the life, death and resurrection of Christ and how, through Baptism, the deceased shares in the life of Christ. At a Catholic funeral liturgy many symbols are used to express the dignity of the deceased as a child of God. The funeral liturgy begins […]

Funeral Rites

Funeral Rites The Vigil (Wake) During the Vigil for the deceased, commonly known as the wake, the wake service will be held. This is the beginning rite of the funeral. The celebration of the wake service is the time for the Christian community to offer both prayer and consolation to the family of the one […]

Planning a Funeral

Step One Choose Readings Old Testament Readings New Testament Gospel Readings Prayers of the Faithful Prayers of the Faithful-1-blank Prayers of the Faithful-2-blank Step Two Click on this link for a music suggestion list. All music needs to be approved by the Pastor or Director of Music/Liturgy. Step Three Choose who will participate. Roles available in […]

Father Bruce’s Vatican Lectures

SAVE THE DATES September 14th – Was Jesus a Socialist? by Fr. Bruce Ludeke October 26 th-The Sending of Joseph to his Brothers by Fr. Randy Fronek November 9 th – Why we should be thankful by Fr. Bruce Ludeke February 15 th- Why obedience is a Godly trait by Fr. Bruce Ludeke March 8 […]

Finance Council

The finance council, together with the business manager and pastor, oversees all the fiscal decision making of the parish. Finance Council Members Dick Baumann Paula DuBois Veronica Edwards Dan Murray

Pastoral Council

The pastor and the pastoral council are the executive leadership team and they are the primary deliberative and decision making body for all significant parish decisions. Pastoral Council Members Deacon Ken Funk Jim Hegner Ginger Murray Kevin Nestor Myles Newberry Greg Nickrent Gregg Petrosky Gonzalo Reyes – Chairperson Fiscal 2021-22 meeting dates: November 1, 2021 […]


SACRED HEART PARISH HISTORY Prior to 1870, the pioneer German Catholic families living in and around sterling had no church of their own, but were often visited by German speaking priests from Freeport.  Most of the early German families arrived about the time the Galena division of the Chicago-Northwestern railroad was being built in the […]

Mass Times

Weekend Mass Saturday Vigil 5:30 pm Sunday 8:30 am & 10:00 am Daily Mass Monday 7:00 am Tuesday 7:00 am Wednesday 7:00 am Thursday 7:00 am (Communion Service) Friday 7:00 am Saturday 8:30 am Adoration Friday after the 7:00 am Mass until Benediction at 8:30 am Confession Times Saturday 9 am & 4:30 – 5:15 pm Monday & […]


Finding your way? Sacred Heart Church is located west of IL-40 state route on St. Mary’s Road. The address for Sacred Heart is 2224 Ave J, Sterling, IL.